#1 – Raleigh’s News & Observer – May 13 2009:
Wake County School board member Ron Margiotta got some negative reaction from other board members last week when he proposed elimination of the district’s vaunted magnet program.”
#2 – Letter to magnet school principals and parents from this morning:
Staff and parents,
Over the past several weeks, many concerns and questions have been raised about the future of magnet Schools in our Public School system. I heard many comments during the Dec.1st. School Bd. meeting as well as numerous stories in the media that have created uncertainty and frustration with parents and staff. As Chairman of the School Board I feel it is necessary to address this issue with those who are involved with Magnet Schools on a daily basis to quell further rumors and hearsay.
Magnet Schools serve as an integral piece in educating children in Wake County. In conversations with School Board members, I can assure you that no discussions have been held about the magnet system or its future.
As the Board moves forward, the magnet system will certainly be part of our discussion in improving education for all children but only with the input of parents, staff and taxpayers. Your involvement in the discussion process is vital to achieving academic excellence for all our students.
I thank you for your work and commitment to the children of Wake County and look forward to your guidance in the future.
Chairman Wake County School Board”
Which is it Ron? Have you had a change of heart or are you just waiting to spring something when no one’s paying attention?